Indonesia's Pertamina runs RFCC unit at 50% capacity in April

02 April 2013 05:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s state-owned refiner Pertamina is operating its residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at Balongan in West Java at a reduced rate of around 50% capacity because of technical issues, a company source said on Tuesday.

The heat exchanger in the RFCC has not been functioning well despite earlier repairs and it would need to be replaced, the source added, but did not confirm a date.

The RFCC has a nameplate propylene capacity of 250,000-260,000 tonnes/year.

Pertamina has a new 178,000 tonne/year residual catalytic cracking off-gas to propylene (ROPP) unit at the same site, which is running at around 70% capacity, the source said.

However, the refiner remains short of propylene and plans to import two cargoes for May arrival for its contract customers, the source added.

Pertamina has term contracts with domestic polypropylene (PP) producer Polytama Propindo through local plastics distribution company Bukitmega Masabadi as well as Chandra Asri Petrochemical.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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